Me!

Abstract

I’ve long been struck (ouch) by the futility of employing washroom hand dryers. Beyond those Airblade contraptions that sonically wash your eardrums in tandem, you press a button only to find a semblance tepid air hitting your responsibly-washed hands.

The best bagels have holes, so they say.

Me

My name is Ruben Schade (last time I checked). I adore vintage computer hardware, writing in coffee shops in the mid-morning, and non-fiction books. My beautiful girlfriend Clara and I spend far too much time drinking bubble tea and travelling, when we can.

I make a living as a technical writer and solution architect for an IaaS company in Sydney and San Francisco, but I grew up in Singapore where I developed a taste for well-funded infrastructure, lah. I’m also working up the guts to do more speaking and attend more industry events, especially for the BSDs.

Rubenerd has been my unfortunate Internet handle since I was 13; at the time I thought it was a clever concatenation. Now I just think it’s delightfully self-deprecating, just like my last name.

The site

Rubenerd is my weblog and podcast of things that have interested me since 2004. I write it because it’s fun; if people enjoy reading it, so much the better. The archives lists all the topics.

The design is a bit of a protest of what the modern web has become right under our noses, and other body parts. There aren’t thirty layers of obfuscated divs, tracking, banner ads, font downloads, embeds, hamburger icons, looping background animations, boilerplate cookie notices, scroll-jacking, popups, UTM link spam, newsletter signup prompts, autoplaying videos, or sticky navbars. It’s partly down to respecting readers like yourself, but it also makes the site faster and easier to maintain!

I pubish an RSS feed for blog posts, and just for the podcast you can subscribe to.

The backend is proudly powered by the Hugo static site generator on a FreeBSD VM on OrionVM. The engine room has more details.

I also used to maintain a separate anime blog, which one day I’ll piece back together here.

Rubi the mascot

Rubi is the site’s mascot, conceived by Clara Tse. Her mismatching, Miku-esque boots elude to my predilection for not wearing matching socks.

(Funny story, I was chided for wearing orange and red socks during a high school work experience day, with the implication that I wasn’t taking the assignment seriously. The day I’m looked over on account of my socks is when I miss a bullet).

We agreed that Rubi was born in Sapporo on her birthday. Her favourite foods are shiroi koibito biscuits and curry udon, washed down with green tea and copious amounts of black coffee. These are burned off by trips to indoor pools and nature hiking in the snowy Hokkaido wilderness. She enjoys reading, cosplaying, and slice-of-life anime that may or may not have robots. Her dream is to start a line of self-heating swimsuits and towels, and tactical cargo skirts with pockets that can actually fit modern smartphones.

Geek code

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Contact me

The easiest way is via Mastodon, Twitter, or email:

printf "%s@%s.%s\n" me rubenschade com

Update 2021: I’ve had to revise my comment policy in light of trolls and spam (of course). You grant me permission to post whatever you email me, along with your name. If you can’t stand by your words, don’t send them. Thanks :).

I’m also on GitLab, Pinboard, Instagram, and Wikipedia. I used to post to Flickr, YouTube, and Vimeo. I don’t use Facebook.